The City of Springfield is looking to use eminent domain to acquire property for a planned extension of 11th street, but they are having problems with the land's owner according to an ordinance.
The measure on first reading Tuesday will condemn the property between Stevenson and Lincolnshire, currently owned by Contech, in order to extend 11th street southward. In the ordinance, it states that despite good faith negotiations, the city has been unable to purchase the property.
Eminent domain allows for private property to be taken for public use in exchange for fair market value. The ordinance says the city's corporation counsel will go to court to acquire the land according to Illinois law.